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7 Awesome Places To Visit This Christmas Season

7 Awesome Places To Visit This Christmas Season

Canada

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    Christmas is not complete without snow, and Canada is ripe for snow all year round. That is why they play hockey so much. In a Canadian Christmas, you will be treated to a variety of fun activities in the snow, such as sledding, ice skating, and skiing.

    Canada did not fall out of the sky one day. It has an interesting origin. Find out about the French and British settlers that converged on Canada centuries ago to give this place its unique, quiet Canadian culture that we see today. They have great food too. Treat your tongue to many flavors of meat pies and grilled pheasant breast.

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    Dubai

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      Dubai is a city in the United Arab Emirates — a country in the Middle East. It lies in the desert, so you should carry bottles of water so that you do not dehydrate. There are mega size malls here filled with items from all over the world during the December holidays. Many classy events take place here in December, such as cultural festivals, fashion shows, film festivals, designer sales, and the annual Rugby sevens championships. If you are a people person and you love things, this is definitely the place for you this holiday season. It is a shopper’s paradise.

      New Zealand

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        New Zealand is a country in the South Pacific Ocean next to Australia. Sometimes you just want to spend Christmas away from the snow and bathe in the natural heat of the sun. New Zealand is the perfect place for such a getaway. While it is freezing cold in North America, it’ll be summer in New Zealand. There are many things to do in New Zealand. You could watch sperm whales plunge their enormous weights violently in the water, go hiking, or deep sea diving. You could set up bon fires and barbecues with your friends and family as the days wind down.

        Cambodia and Laos

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          Cambodia and Laos are located in Southeast Asia. The climate is hot and wet all year round. It would be the best place to escape the winter that graces many parts of the world in December. Laos has beautiful colonial towns. The countries are big and quite empty. They offer a good quiet holiday for married couples or small families that want to get away from the noise of cities. There are many species of birds to watch and plants to discover if you are a nature lover.

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          Indonesia

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            Indonesia is composed of many islands lying close together between Papua New Guinea and Thailand. In each one of these islands, you are surrounded by ancient temples and the sweet smell of incense. The flowers grow wild in the water, and the sunsets are so peaceful and divine. Indonesians have a thousand and one spices for their rice, noodles, and seafood. Sample them and find out how much they excite your taste buds. There are many surfing spots in exotic beaches with wild waves that surfers would love to challenge. Enjoy your surfing as you interact with friendly locals. Learn about the their culture and their way of life.

            Guatemala

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              Guatemala is a South American country bordering Mexico with a population of about 16.5 million people. The cultural heritage of Guatemala is a rich mix of Spanish settlers and Mayan traditions. You’ll learn a lot about the history of both if you go there. There are beautiful coastlines along the Pacific Ocean and impressive volcanic landscapes inland. Guatemala is warm all year round, no scorching heat to cause you ugly sun burns. You will love it!

              The Caribbean

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                The Caribbean are countries that surround the Caribbean Sea, such as Puerto Rico and Nicaragua. There are no beaches anywhere in the world that would match the perfection and splendor of those in the Caribbean. This place is a sunny paradise. The sands are blinding white, and the temperature of the water is just right. The waves dance lazily, and the sun smiles all the time. Along these beaches are ultra-modern restaurants, hotels, and villas that will take your breath away. You could order any food—Mexican, Spanish, African, or Chinese—name it, and you will have it on your table in a matter of minutes. The people here love to sing and dance. You will never want to go to sleep; nobody goes to sleep in the Caribbean. The nights are full of music, laughter, and partying.

                Featured photo credit: http://travelfindsshop.com/ via travelfindsshop.com

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                How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                Boundaries are limits

                —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                • When do you feel disrespected?
                • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                • When do you want to be alone?
                • How much space do you need?

                You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                Sample language:

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                • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                Final Thoughts

                Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

                Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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